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Fontane - Effi Briest

Germany, German, 125 mins

  • Director: Rainer Werner Fassbinder
  • Writer: Rainer Werner Fassbinder; Theodor Fontane
  • Producer: Rainer Werner Fassbinder

CGiii Comment

Every transition is a white-out.

Every scene is mindnumbingly static.

The mis-en-scene is as engaging as that of a Victorian photographer.

The tedious pace, the stark interest in the characters...........the whole thing will send you to sleep.

Cast & Characters

Hanna Schygulla as Effi Briest / von Instetten;
Wolfgang Schenck as Baron Geert von Instetten;
Ulli Lommel as Major Crampas;
Lilo Pempeit as Louise Briest, Mutter;
Herbert Steinmetz as Herr Briest, Vater;
Ursula Stratz as Roswitha, Kindermadchen;
Irm Hermann as Johanna, Haushalterin;
Karlheinz Bohm as Geheimrat Wullersdorf;
Karl Scheydt as Kruse;
Barbara Lass as Polnische Kochin;
Rudolf Lenz as Geheimrat Rummschuttel;
Andrea Schober as Annie von Instetten, Tochter;
Eva Mattes as Hulda;
Theo Tecklenburg as Pastor Niemeyer;
An Dorthe Braker as Frau Pasche

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